NRCC launches disgusting ad, accusing Curbelo’s Climate Hawk opponent of taking coal money

  • Published on November 5th, 2018

The brazen attack by Republicans on Debbie Mucarsel-Powell took my breath away. The National Republican Congressional Committee released an ad late last week claiming that climate hawk Debbie Mucarsel-Powell’s “campaign is flooded with dirty coal money, the very polluters that threaten our way of life in the Keys.”

Climate Hawks Vote endorses Debbie Mucarsel-Powell for Congress in FL-26

By RL Miller
Climate Hawks Vote

Yep, you read that right.

I can hardly wait for the NRCC’s similar attack ads against EVERY SINGLE REPUBLICAN EVER.

  • When we endorsed Debbie, we pointed out that climate peacock Carlos Curbelo has taken tens of thousands from Big Oil.
  • Debbie’s been talking about his ties to fossil fuel money on the campaign trail.
  • And right now, we’re running digital ads in the district pointing out the tens of thousands he’s proudly taken from Exxon Mobil and others. That means the attacks are working — but now the evil empire is striking back.

Can you contribute to keep our ads going?


Oh, and the dirty coal money that’s supposedly flooding Debbie’s campaign? It’s $2700 from climate hawk Tom Steyer. Because his business used to invest in fossil fuel-powered utilities, a long time ago, before he became a climate hawk. And… well, sorry. I. Can’t. Even. #eyeroll #facepalm

“If Curbelo had been half the climate champion he claims he is, he wouldn’t be desperately seeking an ad littered with lies such as this. But Curbelo isn’t a climate champion, he’s a consistent vote against clean energy, against our public lands, and in favor of fossil fuels. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is a climate champion, and the advocate South Floridians need as they watch sea-levels rise, see beaches destroyed by red tide, and live with the increasing threat of stronger, more powerful hurricanes.” – Sierra Club PAC Director Sarah Burton

Here’s the real target of the NRCC: the disillusioned, occasional voters who say “both sides are the same” and then stay home on Tuesday. But you and I know that both sides aren’t the same. One in Congress voted to drill the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The other won’t. That’s why it’s so important that climate hawks stand with Debbie.

With polls showing a one-point race in Florida’s 26th District, I’m going to ask you to help us fight back.

What YOU can do RIGHT NOW:

Make calls (if you’re far from Florida) or volunteer on the ground (if you’re close)

Can you chip in to help Climate Hawks Vote reach more voters?

About the Author

The chair of the Democratic Environmental Caucus, RL Miller also runs Climate Hawks Vote, which backs candidates for office who are serious about taking action on climate change.